Lot 60 of 382:
Benjamin Franklin's Essays, 1779  

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Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces; Arranged under the following heads, and distinguished by initial letters in each leaf: [G.P.] General politics; [A.B.T.] American politics before the troubles; [A.D.T.] American politics during the troubles; [P.P.] Provincial or colony politics; and [M.P.] Miscellaneous and philosophical pieces

Franklin, Benjamin


Printed for J. Johnson



vi, [1], 567, [7] pp. with 3 engraved plates (1 folding); folding table. (8vo) 20.9x12.5 cm (8¼x5"), 19th century half calf & marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt, morocco lettering piece. First octavo edition.

Important edition of Benjamin Franklin's essays, with this octavo printing preceded only by the very rare quarto format, in which many of the pieces appeared for the first time, the only edition of Franklin's political and philosophical writings printed during his lifetime. The collection was edited by his friend Benjamin Vaughan with Franklin's knowledge and consent. Published in London while Franklin was serving as ambassador to Great Britain for the nascent United States, the work includes many of his writings on the colonial rebellion ane the British measures leading up to it. This copy without the portrait frontispiece prepared for the quarto edition which is found in some copies of the octavo edition; it does include the three significant scientific plates (one folding) and the folding table. With ticket of Dublin bookseller T. Connolly at top corner of front pastedown. Ford 342; Howes F330; Sabin 25665.

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Modest scuffing to spine and corners; occasional foxing within; very good.

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